temporrari (377) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you jsquire for sharing! Pours gorgeous medium amber. Nice lacing. The aroma is very hoppy and sweet. The alcohol is quite well hidden in the aroma and flavor. Very balanced. This was an excellent barleywine.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 after drinking a bells expedition stout, and realizing that i am done with school for the summer and about to go get more beers from maine and can readily order this from CA- i decided to open my bottle. sweet smell, pours a dark orange color similar to most barley wines. thin white head. smells of alcohol and caramel as well. hops are more present in the aftertaste, and not so much when first sipped. i believe this has been aged more than the 3 months i aged it (no way to tell from the bottle). malty sweet caramel flavor. nice lingering bitter aftertaste. a great barley wine- is it as good as bells third coast old ale, no. is it better than old stock ale? hell yes. a great offering.
original rating: 4.6
rerate - 2005 bottle from sean. I just noticed I had this rated way higher than I should have. It is a good beer, but in the past few years and many bottles of this consumed, it is no where near what I once thought it was. Good beer, but not a great beer.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good slightly sweet, slightly alcoholic aroma. Body has a good caramel backbone to balance the alcohol, with just the right amount of hops. This brew ages quite well.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Special thanks to Gusler for sending me this brew.
Pours a cherry wood color that you can't see through but it does allow light through.
Aroma is big with caramel and candied cherries covered in warm toffee. Alcohol is also very present on the nose.
Flavor is also big with lots of up front sweetness that is soft caramelly candy. Spicy hops come through also in a fairly big way, this is a really big beer so in reality the hops are big but relative to the rich malts, they take a backseat, but don't back down by any means. Alcohol warms the finish in a very satisfying way.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and fairly viscous.
Drinkability, while being hurt by the magnitude of the beer and the alcohol level, is quite good and I'll be enjoying the rest of this bottle with my homemade Arrabiatta sauce on penne noodles.
To quote a local bike shop
"EAT" I'll insert DRINK here as well "CARBS - RIDE YOUR BIKE!"
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Re-rate Nov 25, 04. Nearly opaque brown pour, minimal head. Some lace is left around. Aroma of dry chocolate, molasses, some fruity notes? Rich feel, nice and thick. Rich and dark flavors dominate, dry chocolate again, slight alcohol prescence. Some sweetness in the flavor, hard to put a finger on though. Hops throw in some even spice...this is a wonderful range of flavor. Very nice...canít wait for the barrel aged version.
awaller05 (304) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice pour with a modest head, cloudy apparence. This bottle may have been aged as the hops are beginning to show up in the aftertaste. overall a potenty barleywine to drink.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wild flower honey color with a small, but stable ecru head. Just enough lace to make it look interesting. Aromas starts a touch harsh, but warms up nicely. Cookies and cream aromas along with some citric and tropical fruits. Alcohol and plums come out more as it warms, leaving some of the band-aides behind. Floral hops keep it honest. Sweet toasted malt start, covered with honey and kiwis. Hops jump back into the action late and carry the load through the finish. Alcohol kicks in late with a light spicy bite. I'm looking for the malt linger and it does not show itself. Smooth and near oily feel that really dries up in the end. The finish just seems to miss. Otherwise a sensational snifter swig.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy appearance, a dep amber, a light burgundy, a soft orange playground for the delight I know wait within, and the foam is a sturdy well-retained creamy cap.
Aroma, sharp, ripe fruit, brandy, like boozed-up cherries, sharp, strong, utterly fruity, ...fantastically glorious, so inticing that I need a drink, and wait, here is one, under my nose!
Taste: a hell of a mouthfeel, oh, it fills you, with a full, lush malt, pow, pow, powerful, no baby-steps in the sipping here, no kid-gloves, the ripe fruit, plus intense flavor and full alcohol starts right off, with no relenting. And it continues, ever hotter, like warmed-up cognac, and it nearly stings, it's spicy, kicky, wow, wow, wow...much more than I expect, going into any barleywine. Rich, ripe, tasty fruit continues...I almost run out of things to say, this pleases so generally and so well, ...you've got to be serious about it, with a 750ml of this bomb-a-long-a-ding-dong! Taste gets richer, riper, fruitier...ever-more delicious, if not terrifically strong, too...my last tipple of the night, if that was a question.
Tasty, lip-smackingly delicious...I've got t0 end it there, though I'm still drnking it, but I'm already sure that it ranks among my favorites. Serves as an above-average nightcap....good night, everyone!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 A hazy copper color with a thin head and beautiful lacing. Nose is sweet malts, alcohol, candied fruits. Flavour is full and well hopped with a strong, complex malt backbone and a dry finish. The Alesmith craftsmanship really shines in this beer, marvelous stuff.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Cloudy copper with a thin off white quicklky discipating head., The nose is wow hops with lots of citrus. the taste is initially sweet malts and crisp then bam hops with suggar and sweetness. Very good, and easily drinkable.